“My present work reflects an ongoing exploration of the complexities of the human figure caught within a dramatic moment in time. The psychological portrayals of figures placed in totally ambiguous situations lift my compositions and sculptural images to a higher level of emotional engagement. My goal is to push each work to the edge so that I, as an artist, will continue to search, investigate and discover new untapped creative energies and visual directions. I strive to involve the viewer, attempting to challenge, confront and engage. I am aware that my compositions are at times bold and confronting. At the end of the day, if an individual walks away from my work with a sense of its understanding, dislike or appreciation, if they are confused or perplexed by it, then I as the painter would honestly feel I have achieved my objectives”.
Neil Wyatt, Artist Neil F Wyatt is now based in South West France to further pursue his art career.
CRITIQUE AND REVIEW STATEMENTS;
"Hidden within the narrow passageways of a medieval French village I sneak a peek at a formidable exhibition - before it opens to the public. This collection of retrospective works by Neil F Wyatt showcases humanity’s search for something bigger and more meaningful than itself, transcending centuries, mythologies and cultures. Technically brilliant, Neil’s works are…epic..... A practicing artist of over 30 years, Wyatt executed this collection of works using a combination of oil and acrylic paints. These large-scale paintings dominate the gallery walls, commanding your attention and your immersion. The stone figures depicted are juxtaposed against blazing skies. They seem bound to earth by the sheer mass of their carved stone bodies despite their assumed yearning for weightlessness and freedom – they seem to desperately crave the infinite and glorious sky they gaze into.
These dramatic figures are drawn from ancient myth, Roman history, and classic European sculpture. Many of the source sculptures can be found within the Greek and Roman Antiquities collections at the Musee de Louvre, Paris, where Wyatt gleans much inspiration. These works do well to remind me that the ancient past is indeed very close to the present, whereby an individuals’ pressures, vulnerabilities and dreams are common experiences across humanity, no matter the century.
Wyatt’s work can be dramatic with cinematic inflections, also playful and whimsical, yet they are always technically correct and fastidious. He works across various mediums to accentuate a particular sensibility of a composition. For example, the large dramatic pieces above use layers of fine oil paint to create depth and magnitude. Whilst other smaller playful compositions are achieved through pencil, felt tip pen, and collage. No matter how they are executed there is a rigor to his work – in the composition, the palette selection, the technical planning, sketching and drafting, and this is all visible in the finished works.
Steeped in social and art history Wyatt’s works are contemporary expressions of the human condition from a masculine perspective. Although not available to attend the upcoming exhibition opening December 2019, I’m looking forward to a sneak peek at the next chapter
of his work...." www.beyondtheopening.com
"I have to say, there is something deeply intense and critical in personal sensibilities and modalities of your beautiful paintings and expressions. Your paintings muse and fuse the classical and the modern, the flat and the defined-it is personal biography meets movement, passion and a very physiological presence. Exhibiting an impeccable instinct for the emotionally evocative power of color, movement, texture, and shape, you shine as a painter whose work relates more to a state of mind, mood or feeling than a tangible object despite the figurative subject matter. Amidst a sea of art, you manage to say something very different. And this is why we are so keen to work with you".
Lisa Bentley, Projects Manager from Art Approach NY, USA
“It was really wonderful to see your new work, Neil. It is going to be a terrific show. The imagery is very strong . The quieter pieces with the more subdued palette and composition will work well with the more complex works. I look forward to seeing the other new paintings as they come along”.
Jacqueline Schultze from Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong Victoria Australia
EXHIBITIONS IN FRANCE
- 2020 CFA Artist of the Year Honorable Mention for 'Brave New World'
- 2020 16th August Galerie La Rose Noire France Femme Fatale
- 2020 August 2020 Restaurant de La Gare Salies de Béarn SW France
- 2020 August 2020 Adolescent Dreamer Auberge du Relais Bérenx SW France
- 2019 15th December Galerie La Rose Noire SW France
- 2010 ‘Apeindre’ painting prize - Salies de Bearn South West France
- 2007 Finalist ‘Apeindre’ painting prize Salies de Bearn SW France
EXHIBITIONS AND PRIZES IN AUSTRALIA
- 20 'Brave New World' Honorable Mention Award by CFA France.
- 19 www.beyondtheopening.com
- 11 Ballart Courier
- 11 Stonnington Leader Sept
- 11 Greater Dandenong Weekly 16 May
- 11 Dandenong, Leader newspaper
- 11 Featured Artists Volume 111 book
- 11 www.The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts Las Vegas, NV USA
- 11 International Dictionary of Artists Volume 1 book
- 11 International Contempory Masters 1V book
- 10 May and June Artist Alley Gallery San Francisco - USA
- 10 Feb. Drum Theatre Dandenong, The Journal Feb.
- 10 Feb. Drum Theatre Dandenong, The Journal, Mar.
- 10 Feb. Drum Theatre Press Release,
- Online - Walker St/Drum Theatre Newsletter
- 09 Sept. Dandenong, The Journal,
- 09 Sept. Dandenong, Star newspaper,
- 09 April, Kingston Press Release
- 09 April, Chelsea Independant newspaper,
- 09 Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader Newspaper,
- 09 Kingston Your City newspaper
- 09 Kingston Art Scape Magazine,
- 09 Art Almanac full page advertisement,
- 08 Nov. Latrobe Regional Gallery Catalogue
- Fine Arts at Prahran Institute of Technology 1976
- Caulfield Institute of Technology ‘Fine Arts’ degree 1980